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Delhi woman loses Rs 14 lakh in online fraud

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Delhi woman loses Rs 14 lakh in online fraud

NEW DELHI: A south Delhi resident was duped of Rs 14 lakh when she fell for a fake lottery offer. Sonia (name-changed) had received an SMS on New Year's Eve, which said she had won 1 million.

A series of emails and phone calls from Delhi, Mumbai and the UK followed. She readily gave all the details she was asked for. Then she was asked to pay Rs 32,000 as first installment as clearance fee. That was just the beginning. She realized she had been duped after depositing around Rs 14 lakh in different accounts across the country.

Sonia had returned home last year after working in the UAE as a PR executive with a multinational company. She spent all her lifesavings, FDs and even her parents' money in this. And when she fell short of money, she took a bank loan to pay the fraudsters.

But she realized she had been duped only after she approached the Reserve Bank of India. She sought help from the crime branch. The Economic Offences Wing of the crime branch has registered a case of fraud under Section 420 of the IPC.

A senior cop said on condition of anonymity, "People should understand that they cannot win a lottery of one million pounds sitting in Delhi or any other city for that matter. These mails and messages should be ignored or reported to us. No one should divulge any personal details to strangers who use the internet to cheat people."



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